CFP – Special Issue of Boyhood Studies: Contemporary Boys’ Literacies / Boys’ Literatures

Call for Papers: Contemporary Boys’ Literacies / Boys’ Literatures
Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall 2017

First drafts due: January 15, 2017
Final accepted drafts due: July 1, 2017
Publication of accepted manuscripts: Fall 2017
Call for Guest (Co-)Editors*

For the Fall 2017 issue of Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, the editorial board invites original contributions to the wide and dynamic fields of contemporary boys’ literacy and boys’ literature. Especially welcomed are critical and international perspectives on current, global and digital landscapes of texts as they speak to, and are inhabited by, boys. Manuscripts focusing on boys’ reading/writing attitudes, preferences, practices, or performances, or on gender-focused/gender-critical literacy teaching practices or policy, will be considered as well. The following perspectives fall within the CFP scope but do not exhaust it:

  • Boys and multi-media/cross-media multiliteracies
  • Mobile/wifi literacies and boys’ geographies; boys’ literature in a changing landscape of e-books and e-readers; boys and/in the blogosphere
  • Understanding literacies and gender gaps
  • Boys and contemporary/emergent game literacies
  • Contemporary literacy theories and/vs contemporary gender theories
  • Boys and/in the (digital) literacy classroom
  • A/S/L/P: Texting/sexting/cyberbullying/cyberromancing and young genders/maturities
  • Affect/Script/Discourse and readerly/writerly boyhoods
  • Boys’ engagement with “content” and news in times/spaces of newsfeeds, walls, timelines, YouTube, NetFlix, and multi-group chat socialities
  • Privilege, gender and textual access/opportunities in childhood and adolescence
  • Changing intersections and interfaces for boys’ literacy/literature and race, and class, and sexuality, etc.

Article Submissions

First drafts are due January 15, 2017 (Later submissions may be considered if proposals are received before this time.). Final accepted drafts are due July 1, 2017. Publication is in Fall 2017. The standard length of articles is 6,500 words, although shorter or longer manuscripts will be considered. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Authors should submit articles electronically as attachments by e-mail (Microsoft Word file or equivalent). Submit manuscripts, and any queries (e.g. with regard to guest editorship), to

* Call for Guest Editors
Boyhood Studies is also seeking one or more guest editors. Guest editors’ task will be limited to the interpretation of peer reviews, overseeing of revision and decision rounds, and depending on space, the drafting of a short guest editorial intro to the issue. Accepted manuscripts will be edited in-house by professional copyeditors. Candidate guest (co-)editors will need to contact before October 15; definitive selections will be confirmed no later than November 1.

All papers will be reviewed in accordance with the journal’s peer-review policy.

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CFP – Encounters of the Playful Kind: Children’s Literature and Intergenerational Relationships

Call for Papers
Encounters of the Playful Kind: Children’s Literature and Intergenerational Relationships
Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak and Barbara Kalla (Eds.)

Submissions are invited for chapters on possible intersections between children’s literature and play as spaces of encounters between imaginary childhoods and adulthoods as well as between real children and adults. On the one hand, the collection will draw on aesthetic approaches to children’s literature to explore the concept of intergenerational play as informing texts thematically and stylistically. On the other hand, it will rely on methods developed within sociology of literature to discuss interage play as fostering extraliterary interactions between children and adults in the context of shared reading experiences. This volume will thus contribute to children’s literature studies, childhood studies, and play and culture studies.

Contributions are welcomed from a range of fields, such as literature, literacy and art education, popular culture, and games.

Possible areas of investigation:

  1. Literary representations of play shared between children and adults (e.g. family games, symbolic meanings of children’s play; intergenerational play as a device organizing the structure and poetics of a literary text; children’s play as inspiration of authors and illustrators; authors’ memories of childhood)
  2. Play as fostering reader relationships in informal and institutional contexts (e.g. child and adult readers as partners in home and school settings; meeting points between home literacies and formal reading instruction; intergenerational reading in cultural institutions; literary festivals; authors interacting with young readers outside the book; games developed out of books; children’s literature in the context of participatory culture)
  3. Metacritical and autoethnographic reflection on scholars’ play with child readers (e.g. the significance of play in researchers’ reading histories; professional reading vs. reading for pleasure; play with young readers as a research method)

An abstract of the proposal, maximum 300 words, with a brief CV of the author(s), maximum 40 words, should be submitted to Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak ( and Barbara Kalla ( by 31 October 2016.

We will aim to reply to authors by 30 November 2016.

Abstracts accepted by the contributors will be used to produce a publishing proposal to be submitted to an international publisher. Full manuscripts should be prepared by 31 January 2017 with the aim of completing revisions etc. for 30 June 2017 and publication by the end of 2017.